Jill Kramer was named West Virginia University's third volleyball coach on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, a day before the start of fall training camp.
In her first season, Kramer hit the ground running as WVU began the 2010 season with its best start since 1987, posting a 4-0 record at the WVU Classic with senior captain Lauren Evans named the tournament’s most valuable player and high point scorer.
The Mountaineers defeated Marshall for the first time since 2001 with a dominating 3-0 win in the WVU Coliseum. Under Kramer’s guidance, WVU went on to defeat USF, 3-1, for the first time since 2005, and shutout Pitt, 3-0, for the second time in program history and the first time in more than 40 years.
Kramer’s influence on defensive play was seen when WVU ranked as high as No. 1 in the BIG EAST and nationally for digs per set. The Mountaineers closed out the season just one match shy of a BIG EAST tournament appearance.
Kramer came to West Virginia after spending two seasons as an assistant at Virginia, where she made an immediate impact on the Cavaliers' volleyball program. In her first season, where she coordinated all recruiting efforts, Kramer helped head coach Lee Maes bring the program its first-ever nationally ranked recruiting class, posting a No. 15 ranking by PrepVolleyball.com. She followed that up in her second year with a class that was tabbed No. 9 by PrepVolleyball.com.
Prior to her stint at Virginia, Kramer spent two seasons (2006-07) as an assistant at Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide reach the NCAA tournament in consecutive years. At Alabama, she was involved in all aspects of the program, including on-court training, opponent scouting and recruiting, while tutoring two time All-American Crystal Hudson. In her second season with the Crimson Tide, Kramer served as the recruiting coordinator, bringing in the first ranked recruiting class in Tide volleyball history, a No. 27 ranking by PrepVolleyball.com.
Kramer began her college coaching career as an assistant at Texas San Antonio from 2003-05. UTSA advanced to the Southland Conference tournament in each of her three seasons, including a championship berth in 2005.
While coaching at UTSA, Kramer also was the co-director for the Alamo Volleyball Club, coaching the 17-and-under team. She oversaw all player and coach development while Alamo grew to 26 teams and over 250 athletes. During her time there, 17 teams qualified for the Junior Olympics, while six of those teams earned medals and 12 players earned All-America awards.
Kramer has also been involved with USA Volleyball for the past five years. Kramer's teams have posted a 27-1 record during her time with USA Volleyball. In 2006 as an assistant with the USA Junior A-2 training camp and Red team, the squad won gold at the High Performance Championships. In 2007 as an assistant, the USA Junior A-2 team won the gold medal at the Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia. As a co-coach in 2009, Kramer led the USA Youth A-2 team to a gold medal at the High Performance Championships. In the summer of 2010, as an assistant on the USA Senior A-2 Blue team, Kramer helped her team to a gold medal at the USA Open National Championships.
From 2007-09, she coached at the USA Women's National team tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Her coaching career began in 1998 as an assistant for the 16-and-under national team of the Metroplex Volleyball Club, currently Texas Advantage, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Kramer, formerly Jill Pape, was a four-year letterwinner and team captain at Texas Christian from 1996-99. She was a member of TCU's inaugural volleyball team and a part of the first graduating class. Her 1999 senior class was TCU's first four-year group of volleyball student-athletes.
A native of San Antonio, Kramer earned a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from TCU in 2000 and is currently completing USA CAP Level I and II certification. She is married to Willem Kramer of The Netherlands.
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